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PostSubject: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptyThu Nov 16, 2017 8:37 pm

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Does anybody knows about the toy manufacturer Soma? It's a company that was very strong in the 1980's. Here is a toy that I bought back in 1986, when I was nine years old. It's a glow-in-the-dark ankylosaurus that belongs to a line of Godzilla-shaped dinosaurs. Soma is also known for having made a line of Masters of the Universe that was called, if I remember well, "Fantasy World".

I uploaded the toy and the card pictures in my TAI Contributions page. If Roger agrees, I will add Soma and my pictures into TAI.


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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptyThu Nov 16, 2017 9:00 pm

AGAIN you show us a brand that most of us have never heard of cheers

It is really amazint so many brands there are or have existed !
Especially in the 80ś, when moulding tools were so expensive to make, - thankyou for sharing flower

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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptyThu Nov 16, 2017 10:03 pm

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AGAIN you show us a brand that most of us have never heard of cheers

It is really amazint so many brands there are or have existed !
Especially in the 80ś, when moulding tools were so expensive to make, - thankyou for sharing flower

You're welcome!
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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptyFri Nov 17, 2017 9:09 am

Never heard before :)

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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptyFri Nov 17, 2017 2:20 pm

Valérie, I didn't know about the company and it is always very interesting to check a lot of brands from 1980's and 1990's that you bring to the forum. Most of them surely would keep anonymous if it was not you.
You don't need my agreement to edit on TAI. Nobody needs, I am only there to give my support when needed. If any editor ever thinks that something shouldn't be there, we can always discuss it on forum or solve it through contact or editing work.
I opened a page for Soma and I hope we are talking about the same company. You can now include your pictures if you wish. :)

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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptyFri Nov 17, 2017 8:17 pm

Great! I will include my pics as soon as I can.
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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptyFri Nov 17, 2017 10:43 pm

Pictures included in page. I also added the names of the other species represented: the Stégosaurus (obvious), the Triceratops (obvious as well), Iguanodon (the one standing, with a crest on its back and big Blunt teeth in its mouth, at the extreme right of the picture: ancient representation of Iguanodon), Megalosaurus (the carnivorous, multiple-fingered  one facing the Iguanodon) and the Tyrannosaurus (the one that looks like Godzilla, Godzilla being inspired by ancient représentations of Tyrannosaurus).  By the way, Roger, what other companies have I introduced here, that you didn't know about?
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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptySat Nov 18, 2017 12:57 am

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Pictures included in page. I also added the names of the other species represented: the Stégosaurus (obvious), the Triceratops (obvious as well), Iguanodon (the one standing, with a crest on its back and big Blunt teeth in its mouth, at the extreme right of the picture: ancient representation of Iguanodon), Megalosaurus (the carnivorous, multiple-fingered  one facing the Iguanodon) and the Tyrannosaurus (the one that looks like Godzilla, Godzilla being inspired by ancient représentations of Tyrannosaurus).  By the way, Roger, what other companies have I introduced here, that you didn't know about?

Good work introducing pictures and adding the list. Very Happy
It is hard to remember exactly which brands I've read before about them or not once they are a lot. Probably, some of them, like [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] I could have read before about them but I am not sure. Larami is a good example, I've seen it before for sure but it was thanks to your topics that I have a good overview of what it is. We still have NF, if it is a brand. I think Beatrice asked me a long time ago if I knew it and we still keep ignoring what it is in fact. Though, thanks to your topic, now we know how their figures look like. :)

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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptySat Nov 18, 2017 3:35 am

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Pictures included in page. I also added the names of the other species represented: the Stégosaurus (obvious), the Triceratops (obvious as well), Iguanodon (the one standing, with a crest on its back and big Blunt teeth in its mouth, at the extreme right of the picture: ancient representation of Iguanodon), Megalosaurus (the carnivorous, multiple-fingered  one facing the Iguanodon) and the Tyrannosaurus (the one that looks like Godzilla, Godzilla being inspired by ancient représentations of Tyrannosaurus).  By the way, Roger, what other companies have I introduced here, that you didn't know about?

Good work introducing pictures and adding the list. Very Happy
It is hard to remember exactly which brands I've read before about them or not once they are a lot. Probably, some of them, like [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] I could have read before about them but I am not sure. Larami is a good example, I've seen it before for sure but it was thanks to your topics that I have a good overview of what it is. We still have NF, if it is a brand. I think Beatrice asked me a long time ago if I knew it and we still keep ignoring what it is in fact. Though, thanks to your topic, now we know how their figures look like. :)

Talking about Tyco... I think it would be a good idea for us to introduce DinoRiders animals on TAI. First, I will have to add them to my TAI Contributions page. I will do it sometime next week (I am using my brother's IPad right now, and I don't know how to upload pictures with it. I only know how to do it with a regular computer). What do you think?
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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptyFri May 21, 2021 9:48 pm

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I finally succeeded in getting a second piece from the Soma Glow-in-the-dark 1987 dinosaurs: the IGUANODON! Like you see, in the 1980's iguanodon figures represented the animal standing upright like kangaroos. They were represented like that in books also. Not only that, the iguanodons were drawn without the turtle beack and with a long, cheekless mouth. It is only in the 1990's that we realised that this posture could not be right, because of the stiff tail. And we also realised that the sunken teeth on the sides of the head meant the presence of cheeks and, in consequence, a smaller mouth. Yup! When we look at vintage toys and books, we clearly see the evolution of paleaonthology!
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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptySat May 22, 2021 9:39 am

cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptySat May 22, 2021 8:31 pm

That's waht turns vintage dino toys very interesting in my opinion. Even if they are outdated for their time regarding the lattest scientific knowledge at the time, they often represent a kind of popular perception of these creatures. OK, your Dor Mei spinosaurus is clearly an exception but it is surely among the most unusual representations of a spinosaurus.
In this case, it is interesting to see how iguanodon remained for a long time as one of the most popular dinos.

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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptySat May 29, 2021 12:33 am

Those Soma 1987 dinosaurs are scarce. I wish I could acquire the rest of that set.
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That's waht turns vintage dino toys very interesting in my opinion. Even if they are outdated for their time regarding the lattest scientific knowledge at the time, they often represent a kind of popular perception of these creatures. OK, your Dor Mei spinosaurus is clearly an exception but it is surely among the most unusual representations of a spinosaurus.
In this case, it is interesting to see how iguanodon remained for a long time as one of the most popular dinos.

Iguanodons were, in my childhood and before, one of the most famous dinosaur species of all. The reason is, it was one of the first dinosaurs that have ever been described "scientifically" (before the 1800's, dinosaur remains were thought to be dragons or so). Its "stablemate" was, of course, Megalosaurus. Those two species were badly reconstitued at first, because neither Mantell nor Owen had many bones to refer to. It was only later, when complete iguanodon skelettons were discovered in coal mines in Belgium, that this animal began to be represented to something closer. But then again, iguanodons were then represented as bipedal animals who stood straight. As for Megalosaurus, thought at first to be a giant 20-meter-long crocodile-like creature, was later shown as being "only" 6 meters long in the average.

So, the fact that Iguanodon and Megalosaurus were so often represented in books and toys in my youth and before my birth, was because they were known to be the first dinosaurs to be described. Imperial, as an example, in its 1977 dinosaurs line, included BOTH a two-fingered Tyrannosaurus Rex (which I do not have, sorry) and a four-fingered Megalosaurus (which I do have and is on TAW); this means toy manufacturers were aware of the existance of at least two carnivorous dinosaurs, the European Megalosaurus and the American T-Rex. Starlux is another example, as it made both a Megalosaurus and a Tyrannosaurus Rex in its 1970's Prehistoric line.
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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptyFri Jun 04, 2021 2:38 am

Valerie, I have a 2-fingered Imperial Tyrannosaurus that would like to be yours, if you want it. Let me know.
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Valerie, I have a 2-fingered Imperial Tyrannosaurus that would like to be yours, if you want it. Let me know.

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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptyMon Jun 07, 2021 4:05 am

Here is the T. rex. Gotta love the lipstick.
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Here is the T. rex. Gotta love the lipstick.
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It is MAGNIFICIENT!!!! I believe it is the 1985 version. The 1977 Imperial Tyrannosaurus is smaller and has less details. I sure want it. Just like I am also looking for the 1977 version as well. I will look in your wishlist in case I find in my stuff something that you are looking for.
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This morning, I received a treasure: Soma MYSTERY BUMP N' GO TYRANNOSAURUS (looks like Godzilla, just like the Schleich Classics 1980's KÖNIGSAURIER). I am also waiting for the Soma Mystery Bump N' Go Stegosaurus with its original card via mail. This particular line was released in 1992.

Those dinosaurs had a mechanism that made them walk (with wheels underneath them) and made their eyes glow red. However, the mechanism of this piece is not working anymore. But still, it is a Soma Dinosaur!
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Hi! This morning, here is what I finally received via mail: the Soma MYSTERY BUMP'N GO STEGOSAURUS. And with its original blister card!!! It is now on TAW. The Soma page is going bigger and bigger.
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Bump! Looks like it went unnoticed...
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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptyThu Jun 24, 2021 2:12 am

Jem dinosaur! Shocked You certainly don't have to worry about not being able to see that one and losing it. Laughing
A lot of inflation the last 30 years. I see it cost 99 cents originally, now I'd expect to see a toy like it costing $4.99 new in the store.
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PostSubject: Re: Soma toys: anyone knows them?   Soma toys: anyone knows them? EmptyFri Jun 25, 2021 9:11 pm

Did you see the Godzilla-like Tyrannosaurus is also drawn on the card? However, I don't know if those two pieces (Godzilla-Tyranno and Stego) were the only ones in that line. The Glow-in-the-Dark line, released in 1987, contained six pieces, as we can see on the back of the Glow-in-the-Dark blister card. On the back of the Mystery Bump'N Go, only the stego (the one I bought with card included) is drawn on the back, and on the front, we see only two dinos drawn, the two mechanical ones I am showing above. And I'm wondering if that means only two dinos were included in the Mystery Bump'N'Go line...
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Hi!
Last Friday, I received a rarity: the SOMA GLOW-IN-THE-DARK TRICERATOPS! We now have THREE 1987 Soma Gow-in-the-dark dinosaurs. Only three more to go in that series! Because it is already on TAW.
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(Sigh) Another piece that went unnoticed...
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